Italy will host one of the pre-exascale class computers funded by the European Commission in the context of EuroHPC, a joint collaboration between European countries and the European Union about developing and supporting exascale supercomputing by 2022/2023.

The decision was taken the Governing Board of the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, in Luxembourg, on June, 7th 2019, where three different hosting sites for pre-exascale systems were selected: Bologna (Italy), Barcelona (Spain) and Kajaani (Finland).

The Italian project was presented during a press conference held at the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, with the Minister Marco Bussetti, the Director General DG Connect of the European Commission, Roberto Viola, and the President of CINECA, Giovanni Emanuele Corazza.

LEONARDO project receives funding from the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking  (JU), and was presented by Cineca representing Italy in agreement  conceived and managed by Cineca, with the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) and approved by the European Joint Undertaking EuroHPC.

Main characteristics

  • 3 Modules
  • 5000 computing nodes
  • 200+ PFlops
  • 3+PB RAM
  • 150 PB I/O
  • 150PB of storage
  • 1TB/s bandwidth
  • 200Gb/s interconnection bandwidth
  • 9MW 
  • PUE 1,08
  • 240Mln € investment
  • 1500+ m2 footprint

More information about the supercomputers of Cineca is available on Cineca's HPC's website